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Plagues, Priests, and Demons : Sacred Narratives and the Rise of Christianity in the Old World and the New - Daniel T. Reff

Plagues, Priests, and Demons

Sacred Narratives and the Rise of Christianity in the Old World and the New

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Published: 27th April 2005
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Drawing on anthropology, religious studies, history, and literary theory, Plagues, Priests, and Demons explores significant parallels in the rise of Christianity in the late Roman empire and colonial Mexico. Evidence shows that new forms of infectious disease devastated the late Roman empire and Indian America, respectively, contributing to pagan and Indian interest in Christianity. Christian clerics and monks in early medieval Europe, and later Jesuit missionaries in colonial Mexico, introduced new beliefs and practices as well as accommodated indigenous religions, especially through the cult of the saints. The book is simultaneously a comparative study of early Christian and later Spanish missionary texts. Similarities in the two literatures are attributed to similar cultural-historical forces that governed the 'rise of Christianity' in Europe and the Americas.

'... a brilliant book ...' British Medical Journal

Introduction
Epidemic disease and the rise of Christianity in Europe, 150âÇô800 CE
The rise of Christianity in the New World: the Jesuit missions of colonial Mexico, 1591âÇô1660
The relevance of Early Christian literature to missionaries in colonial Latin America
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521600507
ISBN-10: 0521600502
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 27th April 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45